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Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Pregnancy Biomarkers and Early Child Neurodevelopment  

Employer: CAMH and Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System, Toronto

Position Summary:
Applications are invited for this joint postdoctoral fellowship position at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health and CAMH. The successful candidate will join the Pregnancy Biomarkers and Early Brain Development component of the Ontario Birth Study (OBS), with co-supervision from Dr. Rayjean Hung in the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research, Associate Director of Population Health of the Sinai Health, and Dr. Robert Levitan, Professor of Psychiatry and Physiology at CAMH.

This work is based on a well–established longitudinal birth cohort, the Ontario Birth Study, that begins in early pregnancy and follows the respective children with systematic yearly assessments postnatally. The pregnancy biomarkers include maternal inflammatory measures and indices of tryptophan metabolism, both of which have established links with fetal brain development. The primary outcomes include executive functioning, cognitive flexibility, episodic memory and neurodevelopment.

One postdoctoral fellowship is immediately available to join the Ontario Birth Study group to lead statistical analyses linking pregnancy biomarkers with various developmental outcomes and trajectories linked to children’s cognitive functions. The successful candidate will develop their own line of research and hypothesis testing based on OBS data while helping ongoing OBS researchers with longitudinal data-analytical approaches. The ability to analyze multivariate longitudinal data including repeated measurements of individual children is a key element of this work. The position will initially be for one year with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

Requirements:

This fellowship is suitable for candidates who have a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, or relevant fields. Significant experience with quantitative research including advanced analytical skills for longitudinal multivariate data, a well-developed ability of statistical programming using R or STATA are required.  Evidence of prior research productivity and programming experience in additional languages (Python, etc) is an asset.

Institutes:

The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) of Sinai Health System is one of the Canada’s leading biomedical research institutes. In LTRI, the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research includes a group of multi-disciplinary scientists specialized in quantitative research of complex diseases.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s leading mental health research facility. CAMH offers a highly enriched environment for young researchers with many opportunities for collaboration and learning, including a very well-developed educational program for research trainees. CAMH aims to revolutionize the understanding of the brain and the understanding, prevention, and treatment of all mental disorders over the lifespan.

How to Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information of three references to the following Interfolio site: http://apply.interfolio.com/139934

Application deadline is on April 1, 2024.

We thank all those expressed interests.  Only candidates who are shortlisted will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

 

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Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Molecular and Genomic Epidemiology

Job type: Postdoctoral Fellow

Employer: Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System

Location: Toronto, Canada

Job hours: Full time

 

Position Summary:
Applications are invited for the postdoctoral fellow position at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System. The successful candidate will join the molecular and genomic epidemiology research group led by Dr. Hung in the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research within Sinai Health System.

The overall objectives of the research group led by Dr. Hung are to investigate the etiology and prognosis complex diseases in human population, focusing on genetic susceptibility, molecular profile, and integrative multi-omics analysis based on innovative statistical and computational methods. The goal is to contribute to the primary prevention, early detection and improved prognosis of complex diseases. These objectives will be achieved through national and international epidemiological collaborative studies, which integrate molecular genetics and statistical modeling in a multidisciplinary approach.

One postdoctoral fellowship is immediately available to join the group to work on etiology, early detection and developmental origins of complex diseases including adult canceres and childhood cancers.  The research projects will include molecular profiling (such as genomics, epigenomics, proteomics, virus infection), machine learning analytics and risk prediction modeling as part of interdisciplinary team with multiple collaborating institutes. The position will initially be for one year with the possibility of renewal up to three years in total. Fellowship stipend level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Requirements:
This fellowship is suitable for candidates who have a Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistical Genetics, Population Genetics, Bioinformatics or relevant fields. Excellent working knowledge of genetics and epidemiologic methods, and well-developed ability of statistical programming and analytical skills using R or STATA are required. Evidence of prior research productivity and programing experience in additional languages (e.g. Python, Perl, etc) is an asset.

Institute:
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) of Sinai Health System is one of the Canada’s leading biomedical research institutes offering a stimulating research environment. In LTRI, the Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research includes a group of multi-disciplinary scientists who are specialized in quantitative research of complex diseases, particularly in the field of population genetics. Partnering with Dalla Lana School of Public Health and University of Toronto, Prosserman Centre for Population Health Research is the hub of an active research community of genomic epidemiology and statistical methodology with regular seminar series and journal club.

How to Apply:
Please submit curriculum vitae, cover letter and contact information of three references to rayjean.hung@lunenfeld.ca.

We appreciate all expressed interests in this position, only those candidates short listed for interview will be contacted.

 

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